Prime location & amenities make State Library Exchange a magnet for education partners and universities

7 June 2024

The heartbeat of Melbourne’s education campus precinct is set to welcome a brand new 56-storey, mixed-use landmark poised to redefine the city’s landscape, with the State Library Exchange (SLE) at 393 Swanston Street, Melbourne, now leasing.

Sitting above the dynamic new State Library Station, the SLE Tower will be a dynamic blend of connectivity, culture, and educational opportunities that delivers on the vision released in 2015 for accommodation and integrated solutions for a global state-of-the-art education campus precinct.

With its prime location and forward-thinking design by Hassell architects, this innovative mixed-use hub offers sustainable and flexible workspaces across 10,000 sqm of teaching & learning, education and commercial office space. What sets the SLE Tower apart is its proximity to existing campus areas and educational institutions, making it an ideal choice for education partners and universities seeking a collaborative and vibrant environment.

Edward Knowles, Director at ETC Melbourne, describe the SLE Tower as “a new destination reflecting Melbourne’s culture, architecture, and lifestyle, offering efficient and sustainable education and office space for businesses to thrive, alongside opportunities for collaboration with educational institutions.”

Designed by the acclaimed Hassell architects, this state-of-the-art development promises to be a significant addition to Melbourne’s skyline. Nestled amongst iconic landmarks such as the State Library, Melbourne Central, and RMIT University, the SLE Tower embodies sophistication and innovation, making it an attractive destination for education-focused businesses and universities.

“We are reaching out to partners that want to participate in gateway cities and benefit from the amenity of world-class buildings. We are experiencing significant interest from domestic and international education providers keen to be a part of this exciting precinct along with major global corporates who are attracted to the vibrancy of Melbourne,” added Tony Landrigan, Director ETC.

Seamlessly connected to all parts of the CBD and beyond, the Exchange boasts easy access to major tram lines and both the State Library Station and Melbourne Central Station, facilitating effortless commutes for professionals and students alike. This accessibility is further enhanced by its adjacency to renowned educational institutions, fostering an environment of learning and innovation.

Gary Eckersall, Project Director from Developer Scape, highlights the SLE Tower’s flexible floor plates, abundant natural light, and panoramic views complemented by premium end- of-trip facilities, retail, and hospitality offerings. “This is a welcome addition to the CBD,” says Eckersall, “with significant interest expected from businesses across various sectors, including engineering, academia, and healthcare, as well as partnerships with leading universities.”

Construction of the SLE Tower is scheduled to commence later this year, with completion projected for 2027. The SLE Tower promises to be the premium Melbourne education and office address for years to come.